Time we came to our senses
WHAT if the people of this country come to their senses?
Over the last few weeks we have read in the media of the continued moves by Jacob Zuma’s ministers and departmental heads, and the exposure of so-called corrupt activities in state companies.
That problems exist in the SAA, Eskom, the SABC, other SOE’s – and let’s include Sassa – has been the focus of discussion for some time.
Last week we saw the release of two books on different topics, but of similar tone. We can now begin to believe that the authors have brought these issues to the surface!
The Crispian Olver book, apart from anything else, exposed the network of thieves involved in the IPTS, under the nose of Rory Riordan, locally.
The Jacques Pauw book has highlighted how Zuma uses his family and “friends” to siphon off state assets at will.
One must ask why the attorneygeneral and departmental heads sign off these deals? Also exposed is the non-payment of income tax from “associates”, while the man in the street is hounded by SARS.
One must ask why the so-called “keepers” of the morals of the state in the Hawks, National Prosecuting Authority and SARS have stayed on the sidelines, and only move to support their “boss” under attack.
Mkhuseli Jack and Justice Malala write in the papers of their displeasure at the way the ANC is being degraded, and mention is made of the legacy of OR Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, but the disillusioned ANC people have failed to create a new house. They have not taken their talents to the DA to form a formidable opposition.
Ex-minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is now associated with a cigarette smuggler, and a new security minister is thought to have taken kickbacks at a municipal job.
Just imagine what benefit to the low income group could the amount of R45.6-billion have done for schooling, higher education and lowincome housing.
We have said before, the testing time is on the horizon for the change that must happen at the ANC conference, and the opposition must not make the same mistake as happened in the UK and US where the politicians misread the mood of the electorate. What if, now that overseas bank accounts are open to public scrutiny, the upholders of public morals come to their senses and hold Zuma to account for the poor state of our economy.
The evidence is mounting and the ground is starting to crumble, and Zuma, with his record of this last year, is in line to be held for impeachment.
RA HILL, GREENACRES